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Is There Uber In Hawaii? (COMPLETE Guide!)

Yes! There is Uber in Hawaii, but the availability depends on the region you are in.

In this article, we’ll talk about where you can find Uber in Hawaii and alternatives to Uber; we’ll also answer some frequently asked questions for you!

Is Uber A Common Method Of Transport In Hawaii?

Uber App

The answer to this question is yes, but it all depends on where you are. For instance, in Oahu, you can easily find an Uber, which is not surprising as it has the highest population in the archipelago.

Also, Uber isn’t the only rideshare app you find in Hawaii; you find two other competitors: Lyft and Holoholo.

Uber in Oahu

You can easily find an Uber here. Uber vehicles are allowed at the pickup and drop-off points of the airport as well.

When you book a vehicle through the Uber app from the airport, it’ll arrive at the pickup point in about ten minutes. But during rush hours and on busy days, the wait time is longer, the availability is lower, and the rates are higher.   

Uber on Big Island

Uber is readily available in the major areas of Big Island, and you can get pretty much anywhere on the island using Uber, but remote areas are a bit of a stretch.

If you are taking an Uber from a populated region to a remote area, make sure you have a way back to your hotel.

Uber in Kauai

Uber is a popular method of travel in Kauai; you can easily get to and from the airport using Uber. However, some parts of the island are remote, so getting an Uber in those areas isn’t possible.

Uber in Maui

The Kahului Airport in Maui, one of the two airports, allows Uber at its pickup and drop-off points.

As with other Hawaiian islands, you can easily find an Uber in populated areas of Maui, but Uber isn’t reliable in remote areas. Also, remember, everything in Maui is expensive, and so is Uber.

A word of advice: Don’t use Uber to travel to remote areas or places with bad cell reception. It will be difficult to find an Uber back to your accommodation.

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Uber Alternatives

Buses, car rentals, Lyft and Holohlo are popular choices among locals as well as tourists. Most tourist hotels offer shuttle services and other methods of travel for their guests.

What Is The Cheapest Mode Of Transport In Hawaii?

Honolulu Aerial

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to get around Hawaii. But buses are only available on Big Island, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai.

If you are in Oahu, you can use TheBus to get around; this is the public bus system on the island. You get a bus every ten minutes or so, but on holidays and weekends, there can be delays.

Also, we think you’ll be better off with a HOLO Card if you want to use public buses to get around Oahu island. They are sold at ABC Stores, 7-Eleven, Foodland Supermarket, Palama Supermarket, TIMES Supermarket, and Chit Chat Sundries & Gifts.

The best thing about Holo Cards, in our opinion, is that the fare is capped after two rides a day. Once the fare is capped, travel for the rest of the day is free!  

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The New Competitor In The Market

Holoholo is the new kid on the block. The mechanism of Holoholo is similar to that of Uber. All you have to do is download the app on your phone and pick your desired vehicle.

The app is locally owned and supposedly offers cheaper rates than Uber, but the rates depend on the time of day, availability, and demand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Lyft in Hawaii?

Yes, there’s Lyft in Hawaii. But like with Uber, the availability varies from region to region and the time of day.

Is it Cheaper to Rent a Car or Uber in Hawaii?

Renting a car is cheaper than getting an Uber. It’s also the best option if you plan to explore remote areas.

Is it easy to get an Uber to Honolulu?

It depends on the region you are in. You can easily get an Uber from populated towns, but Uber doesn’t operate in remote areas.

How much does Uber cost from Honolulu airport to Waikiki?

The approximate cost varies between 20 and 40 dollars, but the cost is largely determined by demand based on the time of the day.

Do you Tip Uber Drivers in Hawaii?

If the service is good, we think you should, especially if the driver helps with the luggage. 10% to 15% of the total fare would be a good amount. There’s also an in-app feature that facilitates tipping.